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ID: 2332
Self portrait miniature: A Study in Silver
Roosevelt family: Maud Fortescue Sutton Pickhard


Category: Art

Place/Publisher/Date:
No Place No publisher. c.1918.

Description:

A miniature oval half length self portrait by Maud Sutton Pickhard (1880-1961), signed MSP, in an oval gilt metal frame. 7.5 x 6.25 cm. Inscribed on the reverse 'No 1 Title A Study in Silver. Artist (Mrs) Maud F Sutton Pickhard R.B.A Flat 8 31 Buckingham Gate S.W.' Housed in a modern specially made folding box. Maud Sutton Pickhard nee Fortescue was the child of U.S. Congressman Robert Barnwell Roosevelt, Sr. (1829-1906) and Marion Theresa "Minnie" O'Shea Fortescue, his mistress. At the time of her birth, her father was still married to his first wife, Elizabeth Ellis. Roosevelt initially established a satellite family in Manhattan on the same street as his primary family's residence, listing himself in the New York City Directory as a fictitious lawyer named Robert F. Fortescue with Marion (1849-1902) as his wife. After Ellis' death, Robert married Minnie and then adopted Maud and her two brothers. The three children that he had conceived with Minnie before their marriage were known as his stepchildren. The children maintained the Fortescue name throughout their lives, even though they were born into the Roosevelt family. Robert Roosevelt, was the brother of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., the uncle of President Theodore Roosevelt and the great-uncle of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1900 Maude married Ernest William Sutton Pickhardt and resided in London. Maude and Pickhardt were divorced at the time of his suicide in 1909. Pickhardt was the son of Manhattan millionaire Ernest Wilhelm Pickhardt who had made his fortune in the dye industry. Maud anglicized her name to Pickhard and volunteered as a nurse in the early part of the Great War and wrote of her experiences in 'France in war time, 1914-1915' published by Metheun in 1915. In 1941 Maud published 'The Roosevelts and America' which charts the history of the Roosevelt family in America over a period of 300 years. In 1945 Maude married Brigadier General Richard L. A. Pennington. Maud's brother Granville Fortescue (1875 –1952) was an American soldier who served with his cousin, Theodore Roosevelt in Cuba, was a presidential aide in the first Roosevelt administration and later a journalist and war correspondent. He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, the only Roosevelt to be buried there. Fine.

Price £1000.00

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